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Bible College in Rivne

In November 2018, the first session of the Rivne Bible College Word of Grace took place. Taras Nikolaevich Prystupa taught on “Personal Spiritual Formation.” During 9 days, 30 students from all over the Ukraine, as well as from Belarus, had an opportunity to dive deep into the ambience of the Gospel.

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Academic program

This program is for people who dedicated or want to dedicate their life to ministry at church, to outreach, or to missionary ministry. The program is organized in a way that lets students gain good knowledge of the Bible, receive theoretical and practical knowledge in outreach, preaching, missionary work, and counseling work among people of different nationalities, ages, and social positions. 


Subjects, which are taught in the college:

Methodology – 1,5 credits

The course aims to teach students effective ways for effective class work and individual studying. It discusses such questions: How to read properly, how to do your homework, how to plan study and free time, how to write research papers, etc. Besides that, students learn the structure of the college’s academic process during this course.

Spiritual formation – 1,5 credits

This is one of the first and basic subjects, which directly teaches students to combine theoretical knowledge and spiritual formation, active participation in the life of the local church and long hours spent reading books. Moreover, the course discusses relationships between Christians who have close relationships.


Introduction to the Old Testament – 3 credits

Besides overall review and introduction of the Old Testament, this course includes study of geography and archeology of the Middle East in ancient times, which correlate with the history of Israel. The subject covers the time period from Genesis to Malachi.


Introduction to the New Testament – 3 credits

In this course students learn each book of the New Testament, their authors, when it was written, and goals of each book. Moreover, they study the history of ancient Greece, Rome, and other countries that influenced events which were happening in Palestine during New Testament times and the time of the apostles’ church..


Systematic theology – 3 credits

This subject is about systematic study of basic doctrines of Christian faith. During one semester, students study doctrines about the Bible and about God, about Christ, about humans about the Church, and about the end times.


Church history – 3 credits

This is course about the creation and development of Christian society, the society’s relationships with God and the world, and the main events and historic figures during I – XI centuries. This class also included the XI – XX centuries, by describing church movements and their role in the lives of separate countries and the world in general. It also included analysis of historic facts.


Biblical counseling – 3 credits

This class is about the principles and methodology of Biblical counseling. It also gives an opportunity to work on basic practical skills.


Hermeneutics – 3 credits

This course aims to teach students proper ways of approaching the Holy Scriptures, which helps to effectively reach objective understanding of the true meaning of Bible passages. The class includes detailed study of the historical-grammatical method of Bible interpretation and practical application of received skills in the process of Bible study and sermon preparation.


Church structure – 3 credits

The biblical teaching about church, goals and ministry in the church, and biblical teaching about sanctification are discussed in this class. In addition, the possibilities and experience of course information application are discussed in this course.


Apologetics – 3 credits

In this class, students receive theoretical and practical aspects for defending their faith and sharing Gospel. This class includes Christian arguments about God’s existence for the postmodern society. This course is founded on the Bible and systematic theology.


Pastor theology - 3 credits

This class helps students to research God’s Word to find Biblical arguments for Church foundation (ecclesiology) and a pastor’s ministry, with the emphasis on the personality and role of the pastor, so that students can pay attention to the principles, and practice different aspect of the pastor’s ministry.


Practice 12 credits

This is the student’s participation in local church ministry. This course includes real ministry on the basis of the existing or appearing church. The church ministers are supposed to mentor and support students in their ministry.



The College has a right to change the program, adapting it to meet the needs of pastors who are sending students to study.


One credit is equal to 37 hours of work, which include:

lectures (14-16 hours),

literature reading 150 pages,

writing papers 2-3 pages,

research of data, questionnaires, test and exam preparation, and exams, etc. (21-23 hours).


The College administration provides an academic level of education; the dormitory and 3 meals per day are provided; the information database of the college and library are open for students; students visit local churches, and some opportunities for practice are provided.

The graduates receive a diploma upon successful graduation.


Rivne Bible College “Word of Grace”



Director: Vjacheslav Artarchuk

Phone #. 0674059866



Academic Dean: Nikolaj Nikitin

Phone # 0674059848

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Taras Prystupa

Thomas Fleming

Andrej Murzin

Igor Tukaj

Vladimir Chohonepidze

Gordon Penfold

Tahir Talipov

Jurij Pilipovich

Nikolaj Nikitin

Vjacheslav Artarchuk


Teachers have bachelors, masters, and doctor degrees in theology from Ukraine, SIC, and USA. They have big experience in ministry. 

Rivne Bible College "Word of Grace"

About the college

Rivne Bible College “Word of Grace

logo RBK middleOn August 31, 2000 Rivne Biblical College was officially opened as ministry of International Public Organization "Hope to people." For more than ten years, we have been serving in the field of Christian education and preparing ministers to serve in Ukraine and other countries of the former Soviet Union (Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Uzbekistan), as well as for Russian-speaking Christians in Germany. The college's operation is based on principles in the Holy Scriptures, specifically in the area of theology and practical life of our students and instructors.

Rivne Bible College is a Christian missionary school, focused on training and educating spiritually mature pastors, missionaries and ministers for the evangelical churches.

Students and graduates of the college are actively joining the ministries of local churches, missionary teams, and are directly involved in mission trips during academic sessions and between them.

Since the college opened, 345 students have studied in the college, among them:

146 received a graduation diploma

19 are currently studying

48 are pastors

16 are missionaries

44 are church leaders (assistant pastors, worship team, prayer and Bible study group leaders)

28 are engaged in children ministry



On August 31, 2000, the first session of the college started with a celebrative atmosphere. It was blessed by local churches: "Community of the Good Shepherd", (Rivne), "Source of Life" (Zdolbuniv), and the International Public Organization "Hope to People”. This first session included over 40 students. Applicants had to pass an examination on their knowledge of the Bible. In addition, they had to go through an interview with the selection committee of 10 people, including experienced pastors, who tried to reveal the applicant’s motives and preparation level to start Biblical education. The first teacher of the subject "Spiritual Formation" was Alex Eropkin (from Maikop, Russia, Bible College "Lampados").

The college’s first academic session was held in rented rooms of the local hotel "Tourist". A few years later, God blessed "Hope to People" with ownership of a building, which had spacious rooms for lectures, and later for a computer classroom, library and college’s reading hall. Since 2006, Rivne Bible College received a dormitory with enough rooms and all the necessary facilities for living and studying, with a kitchen and small yard.

In 2002, when the original college leadership changed, Victor Gajdajenko was appointed as director of the college. Under his leadership, Vjacheslav Arterchuk worked as the Academic Dean, Vjacheslav Gutsulyuk worked as the Student Life Dean, and Victor Gavrin worked as the library administrator. In 2010, the Lord suddenly took life of Victor Gajdajenko. For this reason, Vjacheslav Arterchuk took over as active director, and currently continues as the director of the college.

Different people have participated in the college ministry. They had to leave because they were called to other, not less important ministries.

Many college students were able to go on short-term mission trips to different regions of the former Soviet Union. Jurij Grinjov and Vjacheslav Arterchuk organized practicums and internships in churches for students. They also lead church visits in various cities and countries of the former USSR. Tomas Fleming was a big blessing and great example of dedication to the college. He was a preacher and teacher before moving for pastoral ministry in Albania. Since 2010, two people are responsible for the Bible College: director Vjacheslav Arterchuk and academic dean and library administrator- Nikolaj Nikitin.

During the lifetime of the college, different teachers from around the world have been invited to teach. Gradually, the permanent team of teachers which comes to the academic session was formed.

The college operates in a part-time format. Students and teachers come to the sessions which are held three times a year. Students pay for their tuition and traveling expenses, unless their local church supports them. Thanks to God's grace and indeed miracles, all past years college’s operation was carried out not by paid staff but people who voluntarily accepted the responsibility for the development of Biblical education.

Goals / Vision

The goal of Rivne Bible College “Word of Grace” is to teach and prepare ministers and missionaries of evangelic missionary churches through theological education.

The main objectives

Taking into account their personality, spiritual calling and gifts, we expect that in the process of training, the college students will be able to determine the sphere of their ministry and will receive the necessary knowledge and skills for practical ministry.

Rivne Bible College "Word of Grace"


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Ukraine 33023 Rivne, vul. S. Krushelnitskoi 71

phone: ++380 63 79 66

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